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- wigout - 2010-06-17 23:21

I'll try and find out.

I am also now embarrassed to admit that I gathered the impression that the TCC8900 always came with the MALI 200 GPU and the TCC8901 came with the MALI 400 GPU, but now that I am looking for a positive statement of that as a fact from Telechips I don't see any nor from HDX's own statements.

HDX's press/labelling says they have "Video hardware accelerator," that the bone supports "OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics standards" and the TCC8900 spec sheet from Telechips clearly shows it having a gpu.... but I am now pressing for a positive statement from HDX on their forums as to which GPU, but who knows if someone will be able to answer that.

Is there any command that I can issue while booted up in android to find out positively the gpu identity?

Sorry for the uncertainty,
wigout


- McGeagh - 2010-06-18 13:12

i doubt itll be the mali 400 (not yet, but i could be wrong)
the telechips boards/devices ive seen are all mali-200 so far.
There is 1 issue with mali gpu's currently though... it doesnt support X (which xbmc uses)
as a result, you would need to change xbmc slightly to use fbdev for example, to get the best performance from it.
as for video hardware acceleration, im unsure about this... i believe it can do 1080p though...
some info on it can be found here:
http://www.malideveloper.com/platforms/boards/telechips-tcc8900-development-platform.php

eglinfo should tell some info around the gpu, prob better ways, never tried.


- wigout - 2010-06-18 17:26

McGeagh Wrote:...
as for video hardware acceleration, im unsure about this... i believe it can do 1080p though...
some info on it can be found here:
http://www.malideveloper.com/platforms/boards/telechips-tcc8900-development-platform.php

eglinfo should tell some info around the gpu, prob better ways, never tried.

The hdx bone with the tcc8900 (and I think the mali 200 gpu) does output 1080p.

I am reasonably satisfies that the tcc8900 in the HDX Bone uses the mali 200 GPU. Inside the android /system/lib/modules/:

are:
cec.ko
mali.ko
audio.ko
libertas.ko
libertas_sdio.ko
hdmidrv.ko
hpd.ko
galcore.ko

and inside the strings of the mali.ko are:
MALI_GP2
Mali MMU
Mali 200 (GX525)

Though the other .ko of note here is the galcore.ko, which seems to be the work of Vivante Graphics, apparently another supplier of gpu for embedded systems. So...

I am still waiting on an answer from HDX.

As for hardware video decoding, the Mali / Telechips development board specifications list:
Video Decoder (up to 1920x1080p)

l H.264, MPEG 1/2 , MPEG 4 , VC-1, Real Video 8/9/10, H.263

Video Encoder (up to 1280x720p)

l H.263, MPEG 4, H.264

Though I don't know how I can be sure those are "hardware video decoding" or otherwise.

So is the substitution of fbdev for x windows / x11 something that is being explored?

-wigout


- McGeagh - 2010-06-22 11:04

wigout Wrote:So is the substitution of fbdev for x windows / x11 something that is being explored?

-wigout

Not to my knowledge.
It is something that I am interested in though, but cannot say when thatll be.

Feel free to do it yourself!Tongue


- bmfrosty - 2010-07-17 00:21

CrashX Wrote:Hmm ... Boxee box ( tegra 2 ) is rumored to be less than $200 and it should support xbmc. Hopefully it will come out end of this month.

http://gizmodo.com/5589240/meet-the-boxee-box

Seems like it might be October or November. Yay new hardware!


- ttypub - 2010-08-23 12:55

Hi guys,

What is the current situation of the port of XBMC onto the beagle board ? Is there anything publicly available ?

I have even a few more technicals questions:
- which player are using ? omapfbplayer ?
- which kind of acceleration are u using : neon, dsp, opengl ?

Thanks a lot for your answers

Regards Smile

tty


- spiff - 2010-08-23 13:10

code is all avail in the gsoc-2010-beagleboard branch.

it uses all of those, neon, gl-es and omap. player is our own.


- ttypub - 2010-08-23 15:30

Woah, impressive. With all the hardware accelerations enabled do you manage to have full hd support ?
Is there any binary release planed soon ?

Thanks


- McGeagh - 2010-08-23 16:02

I definately know the beagleboard can do 720p, Not tried 1080p myself.


- spiff - 2010-08-23 16:04

it can do 720p. ui is the main hassle.


- CrashX - 2010-08-23 17:11

http://elinux.org/BeagleBoard/GSoC/2010_Projects/XBMC#Documentation


- Hannes The Hun - 2010-08-25 19:30

there's another ARM-based HD player we could try to get XBMC on

http://www.amexdigital.com/Press_Release-E_MP-501%20World%27s%20Smaller%201080P%20Full%20HD%20Media%20Player.htm

shipments are supposed to begin september 10, and the best thing: it's dirt cheap!

downsides: doesn't seem to have any integrated storage and nobody knows how big the system ROM might be. also no LAN connectivity which is kind of a bummer for XBMC use. we'll see... Cool


- davilla - 2010-08-25 20:31

Hannes The Hun Wrote:there's another ARM-based HD player we could try to get XBMC on

http://www.amexdigital.com/Press_Release-E_MP-501%20World%27s%20Smaller%201080P%20Full%20HD%20Media%20Player.htm

shipments are supposed to begin september 10, and the best thing: it's dirt cheap!

downsides: doesn't seem to have any integrated storage and nobody knows how big the system ROM might be. also no LAN connectivity which is kind of a bummer for XBMC use. we'll see... Cool

ARM Cortex-A8, $50. Hell I'd buy one just to take it apart Smile


- CrashX - 2010-08-25 22:19

davilla Wrote:ARM Cortex-A8, $50. Hell I'd buy one just to take it apart Smile

If you were able to put xbmc on it .. perhaps sell it as xbmc box ... Big GrinBig Grin


- TugboatBill - 2010-08-26 00:04

Confused No storage and no lan port? Without that it's a waste of $50.